USAAF Nose Art Research Project


CBD 1036 Steveadorable
B-29-20-MA 42-65243

505th Group, 483rd Squadron

CBD 1036 Steveadorable

Named for Seabees Construction Batt. Detachment 1036, it was delivered to the USAAF on 25 November 1944 and assigned to the crew of Lt Doyle McGugin. After arriving on Tinian the B29 was adopted by the 1036 NCB Special detachment, in particular by Henry Yeager who ran the photo lab.

The girl on the elephant was a rendition of Betty Brewer who performed in the Gainesville Community Circus. It was a tribute to a family friend of the co-pilot Richard Hobbs. One of the photo lab men painted the image but his identity has yet to be established. On the right side was a stunning half nude with the title "Mona".

Starting its missions in late January 1945 the B29 survived the war and returned to the USA. It was salvaged on 10 May 1954 at Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona.


© Ray Bowden 13 August 2022